A Tampa man was fatally shot while testing a fragmentation protective vest, which is commonly referred to as a “flak jacket.”1
It was Saturday night when officers were called to a home on E. Gordon Street. When they got to the home, they found Joaquin Mendez outside the house with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police say that the victim’s 24-year-old cousin, Alexandro Garibaldi, claimed he found Mendez outside with a gunshot wound. However, another witness told a different story.
According to TPD, the unnamed witness told officers that Mendez sat in a chair and put on the vest, wondering aloud if it would stop a bullet. According to the witness, that’s when Garibaldi said, “Let’s see,” and then shot at the vest worn by Mendez.
Police later found the vest inside the house — with a bullet hole.
Mendez was taken to a hospital, where he later died of his injuries.